Questions about Ketchup

Misc.-TomatoesHere’s a straight-forward question about picking the right tomatoes for fresh-made ketchup from Paula:

I will be trying my hand at making ketchup this year.  What type of fresh tomatoes do you suggest?

When canning tomato products such as ketchup I prefer Roma or similar meatier tomatoes – they have less juice and make a thicker product.

Happy canning,

Shirley

The litmus test for tomato acidity

3.08-Left-Inset-ImageThere are many varieties of tomatoes available for us to choose from – heirlooms to the newer hybrid varieties. Over the years, the acidity level of tomatoes has been researched, and data collected resulted in the United States Department of Agriculture issuing a statement in 1976 that certain varieties of tomatoes were considered low acid foods and that they must be processed as low acid foods. Since that time, recommendations are to add acid to all tomato products being processed at home.

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Grow the Right Tomatoes for Canning Salsa

In theory, most tomato varieties will work for making salsa and what it really comes down to is how juicy you like your salsa.  For those of you who like a more watery salsa, slicing tomatoes will work just fine.  But for those of us who like a drier salsa, plum tomatoes or meatier tomatoes are our choice. Continue reading

Creamy Bloody Mary Pasta

ScaleImage2.aspx-3Here’s another delicious recipe from the test kitchens at Mrs. Wages! I love this pasta sauce that uses Mrs. Wages new Bloody Mary Drink Mix as its secret ingredient.

Interested in trying that Bloody Mary Drink Mix but can’t find it at your favorite store? Click here to go to the Mrs. Wages Online Store and place your order.

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Shirley’s holiday food gift ideas

iStock_000009883750MediumGifts of food are welcome by most people.  At this time of year you can still do some home food preservation and give it as gifts.

Pickled beets are loved by some family members and even though they are long gone from the garden, canned beets work just as well.  Actually they are easier because the cooking and peeling are already done for you!  Just buy some Mrs. Wages Pickled Beet Mix and you are ready to fill the house with the aroma of cinnamon and cloves.

But your holiday-motivated generosity in the kitchen doesn’t have to stop there!

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